Places with spaces; gymnasiums, factories, warehouses, barns, silos


Why do we climb? Perhaps for:

  • Exercise
  • Developing self confidence by mastering our fear of falling (and impacting) through exposure to those fears
  • Fantasy (Roger Moore/James Bond in "For Your Eyes Only", Cary Grant in "To Catch a Thief")

What do (could) we climb?

  • Cliffs and rocks (boulders),
  • Walls and climbing towers
  • Trees, telephone poles, and communications towers

Characteristics of a space ideal for supporting a climbing program

  • Tall
  • Relatively flat, with options for overhangs
  • Varying degrees of difficulty (rungs on a ladder to nearly featureless)
  • Zero maintenance (robust)
  • Maintainable with minumum of gear (e.g., ladders not required)
  • Tailorable
  • Wide range of climbing options (bouldering, top-roped, rappelling, traditional, technical, lead)
  • Wide range of belaying options (staic and dynamic, auto-belay)

Examples of structures that could be used for climbing

  • Gymnasiums
  • Factories
  • Warehouses
  • Barns
  • Silos

Which structure(s) would be best for Camp Snyder? Which are consistent with the location, the demographic, the style of the area? The property had been a farm. It has a barn being used for storage in a relatviely inaccessible part of the property. To repurpose it for a climbing facility would require extensive rework due to years of neglect and lack of maintenance, creating a paved roadbed to support emergency equipment (persuming Prince William Country would stipulate this to approve the special use permit), and an additional parking space for the attendees.